Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Atlanta Sports Columnist Downplays Move of FL-GA Game

Perhaps it will be the lure of golf on St. Simon’s Island that keeps the Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville

Given the way the rivalry has turned against their team, you might guess Georgia fans would be ripe for any break in the routine. You’d be wrong. The trek to Jacksonville has become such a part of the UGA experience that the school schedules no classes the Friday before the given Saturday. A day trip to Fulton County wouldn’t quite match the experience of a three- or four-day fall break (with golf at St. Simons, long a Bulldog stronghold, included).

Sixteen times since 1989, the hated Gators have marred a Georgia season. That said, Bulldog backers will give up their autumnal sojourn only when somebody pries a 7-iron from their cold dead fingers. As much as those folks want their team to win, they want their R&R even more.

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Atlanta Looks to Steal Florida-Georgia Game

From First Coast News:

A River City tradition for more than 80 years, the Florida-Georgia game is only locked in Jacksonville through 2010. The City of Atlanta says it wants to be the next host.

The Atlanta Sports Council has announced its plans to talk with the University of Florida and the University of Georgia about moving the annual rivalry north.

Considered a neutral site, Jacksonville has hosted the game every years since the 1930s.

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Pace Island: No Gators Allowed

It’s not really political, but who could resist this story from First Coast News?

Driving down the street, you might miss the Gator statue at the center of the fuss. But there it is, tucked away in a garden, with two children riding on its back.

Fred Guyer first got a letter that this statue violated Pace Island’s rules a year ago, and has fought the decision ever since.

“It is upsetting to have your taste questioned, and to be threatened in a place where you want to have a long happy life,” Guyer told First Coast News’ Erich Spivey.

And when the Gators win big, Guyer decorates the statue with pom-poms. That’s when it crossed the line, says Pace Island President Alan Williams.

He points to a rule stating that the “Architectural Design Board has the sole discretion to determine whether plans submitted for approval are acceptable.”

Williams says the statue sends the wrong message to kids: it’s OK to play with alligators.

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Watch your tongue, boy!

Now I realize that this blog is devoted to the discussion of politics as it relates to Jacksonville and Florida as a whole; however, there are always moments for occasional deviation.   Today’s comments by Tennessee’s new football coach are the perfect example of when we might deviate…

Memo to Lane Kiffin:  Watch your tongue!

After calling Urban Meyer a “cheater” in an address to Volunteer fans this morning, Kiffin bowed to Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley’s demands this afternoon that he issue an immediate apology.

Apology accepted, Lane.  If you’re still around, we’ll continue this conversation on Sept 19.  The coach who actually has a track record to stand on will save up a few timeouts for the end of the game.  Just for you.  See you then.

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Congratulations, Gators

Slight detour from politics. Congratulations, Florida Gators. 3rd National Championship in Football.


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